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The Diary of Henry Machyn

Henry MachynToday, 11th November, is the anniversary of the burial of chronicler and merchant-taylor Henry Machyn in London in 1563. He died after contracting the plague. Machyn is best known for his chronicle The Diary of Henry Machyn, Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London, from A.D. 1550 to A.D. 1563 which is a wonderful primary source for the reigns of Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Mary I and the beginning of Elizabeth I's reign.

You can read Henry Machyn's diary at British History Online and you may also be interested in an article written by historian and author Ian Mortimer - Tudor Chronicler or Sixteenth-Century Diarist? Henry Machyn and the Nature of His Manuscript.

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The Diary of Henry Machyn